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Technology 2019

Generating Graphs using Google Sheets

posted Aug 17, 2020, 1:42 PM by Owen Breslin

As part of a science experiment this year Mr Breslin's class learned how to represent data on Google sheets and how to generate a graph automatically using Google sheets.

deep breath


posted Aug 10, 2020, 5:57 PM by Owen Breslin

When our school was locked down on the 12th of March we had t make a decison on what platform was best to use for distance learning. After evaluating a number of options we decided to go with seesaw. 
Pupils in all classes were sent tasks to complete and send back to teacher. These varied from reading a story online using Getepic or online PM readers, to writing a poem or o sending back a picture or scan of their written work.

Seesaw really helped teachers, pupils and parents to keep in touch and teachers corrected work and sent feedback to the children.

Safer Internet Day

posted Feb 11, 2020, 12:20 PM by Owen Breslin

It was national Safer Internet day today and many of the classes in Scoil Shinchill took the opportunity to learn about how to keep safe online.

5th class - Stay Safe - CyberBullying
Pupils from 5th class have recently  been learning about means of communication in Geography and today we learned how technology can sometimes be used to bully others. Using Stay Safe resource, pupils learned that examples of cyberbullying can include:
  • Sending nasty messages/photos/pictures from your phone, laptop, tablet or gaming device using Facebook, Xbox, PlayStation or other
  • messaging services
  • Pretending to be someone else and posting stuff online that makes the person look bad or causes arguments
  • Spreading lies, gossip or rumours using text messages or online messaging services
  • Sending mean, embarrassing or private texts or photos of someone onto other people
  • ‘Liking’ nasty comments or photos about someone
  • Using phone or internet to exclude someone from the group.
  • Bullying that happens online or by phone is called cyberbullying. 
Pupils also learned steps to take to stop cyberbullying.

Pupils from Mr Breslins class created their own posters and these can be seen below.


VEX Robotics 2020

posted Jan 31, 2020, 2:00 PM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Mar 3, 2020, 2:53 PM ]

Members of 6th class have been working very hard for the last couple of months as part of the schools VEX IQ robotics team. Last year was the inaugural year for the initiative which has kindly been brought to us courtesy of Offaly county council and it proved to be a very enjoyable experience for the pupils. 
This years finals took place today in Coláiste Colm Tullamore and the Killeigh pupils performed brilliantly on the day.  They showed off excellent driving skills and managed to score great points while doing the team cooperation challenges. The pupils also did well at the individual skills challenge and our chief coder excelled in the automated challenge. 

Unfortunately we were not among the prize winners but were narrowly beaten in the team cooperation challenge finals losing out  on a combined score of 63 pts to Killeighs 52 pts.  Congratulations to all of the prize winners and in particular Scoil Mhuire who travel to Cork to represent Offaly in the national competition. 

We wish to thank Ray Bell and all of his team at Offaly county council for all their support with this initiative and indeed for organizing a very enjoyable event today. Thanks also to David from CIT for all his help and advice. 
Activities such as these are simply not possible without the help of our teaching team and we are very grateful to Ms Sheeran, Ms Screeney and Ms Ryan for their help in facilitating this initiative. Thanks also to Mr Breslin for his help with this years team. 

Our pupils were fine ambassadors for our school today and we are incredibly proud of the way in which they approached this activity. They gave a lot of extra time outside of class time to design and build the robots and to practise their driving skills. This exemplary attitude in addition to the manner in which they carried themselves today while at the competition makes us extremely proud of them. Thanks also to their parents for facilitating extra practise after school.

Finally we wish to say a special thank you to Mr Phelan for leading this initiative and for giving of his time and experience so generously to the boys and girls. 

While there are no more competitions for this year, we do hope to allow other members of 6th class and members of 5th class access to the robots before the end of the school year.

Offaly VEX IQ Robotics competition 2020

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